Posts Tagged Prayers
Dear speaking God, may we never cease to be astonished at the many ways you have spoken, first in many and various ways you spoke through the prophets, but now in these last days you spoke in the most eloquent way, your speech brought your Son into our sin-broken world.
Words fail us to describe Christ’s surpassing excellence:
he is heir of all things,
creator of the world,
reflecting God’s glory
the exact imprint of God’s being,
the one who sustains all things by his Word.
He made purification for sins,
honored to be seated at God’s right hand,
superior to the angels
named by the most excellent name.
Glory to you, Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Dear Father, Redeemer,
the gospel of salvation is the free gift of the greatest treasure we have ever been offered or received.
We neglect this salvation at our greatest peril, since every transgression or act of disobedience receives a just penalty.
Father, obviously we don’t see all the impact of your saving work,
but we see Jesus in his humiliation and exaltation,
crowned with glory and honor.
God, you bring many sons and daughters to glory through the suffering of the pioneer of salvation.
It is Christ’s that made his saving work perfect,
sufficient for our salvation.
Through death, Christ destroyed death and the one who has power of death, and thus he frees all who fear death from its terror.
Father God, your son Jesus the Christ has become like us, his brothers and sisters, and for us he became a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, and so became a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people.
Thanks be to you, God, for through the tests your Son endured, you are able to help us when we are tested.
Head of the church, you have called us to be holy partners with a heavenly calling to serve the gospel of our Savior.
As Jesus was most faithful in his serve to the one who appointed him
may we also be found faithful.
Together with Jesus Christ, we are a house fit for you to dwell in, our God, if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to our hope.
Therefore we pray that none of us may be found to have sinful and unbelieving hearts that turn away from you the living God.
So, through all the twists and turns,
the joys and sufferings of life,
may we hold on to our first confidence, firmly, to the end.
We thank you, Father God, that the promise to enter into your eternal Sabbath rest remains open to all who turn to you in faith.
May this gospel be proclaimed as an invitation to all people,
and may everyone who hears take the opportunity to turn to you in faith.
Thank you, God, for the rest that remains for the people of God.
May we learn not to take our entry into your eternal kingdom for granted, but to be honest with you, for you know us inside and out,
so by repentance we should make every effort to enter.
Father God, we do not need to be afraid of you.
Your word teaches that we may boldly approach your throne of grace.
And as we do so, we receive mercy and grace o help us in time of need.
Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus, the perfect High Priest. This High Priest is both like and different from human high priests.
You called and sent Jesus.
He understands our human frailties.
He gave his life a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world,
although unlike human high priests he committed no sin.
We are grateful because Jesus offers up prayer and supplications with passion to you, Father, who alone can save us from death.
We acknowledge that it is difficult for us to learn obedience through suffering, but Jesus did, and through perfection became the perfect source of salvation to all who obey him.
May we, through the example of Jesus,
learn to distinguish good from evil.
We offer our prayer through him who provides access to the Father.
Dear Parenting God,
your word presses us to move from childhood to maturity,
from milk to meat.
We learn the sad truth that it is impossible to restore to repentance
those who once were enlightened and tasted your goodness.
Forgive us for frequently trifling with your word.
You are a just God and will not overlook the work and love shown for Jesus’s sake in the service given to the saints.
By the Spirit’s encouragement may we be diligent in living the Christian life, so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end.
We rejoice in the hope we have,
a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul,
a hope that enters the inner shrine
behind the curtain where Jesus entered,
a forerunner on our behalf.
He became a high priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.
Thanks be to you, our God. Amen.
Most High God,
you have always provided wonderfully for your people.
In the time of Abraham, King Melchizedek was a great High Priest.
He blessed Abraham after he had defeated the kings, and Abraham acknowledged the king of righteousness by a gift of a tithe of all his possession.
But now we have been blessed with an even greater High Priest,
Jesus Christ, who has established an eternal covenant,
a better hope through which we can approach God.
Father God, because Jesus holds the new and better covenant eternally,
he can for all time save those who approach God, for Jesus is always alive to pray for us.
Through Christ we have a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled,
separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Jesus, you sacrificed yourself, once for all, for us, sinners.
Great High Priest,
have mercy on us,
and grant us Your peace.
Majesty on High!
We have a High Priest who exceeds even the excellence of Melchizedek:
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God,
a minister in the sanctuary,
and true tent the Lord has established.
We thank you for the more excellent ministry of Jesus.
He is the mediator of the better covenant
promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah.
You, O God, found fault with the first covenant,
and you made it obsolete and replaced it with the new covenant.
What is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.
But we are confident that the new covenant will last forever,
for we have confidence in you.
Dear God Almighty,
we sing of the greatest High Priest,
the one who surpasses even Melchizedek in excellence,
God, Father, your son entered the Holy Place
with his own blood,
thus earning eternal salvation!
We sing of the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit,
offered himself without blemish to God,
so purifying our consciences
to worship the living God.
We sing to you, because your called people
receive the promised eternal inheritance
because through the death of Christ
redemption has also come to those are under the first covenant.
We sing because Jesus’ blood is the blood God ordained for us,
knowing that without the shedding of blood
there is no forgiveness of sin.
We sing to you, because Jesus is both priest and victim
who sacrificed himself,
and by this sacrifice saves those who eagerly wait for him.
Lord our God!
Already through priests and prophets of old you promised good things to come, but sacrifices offered yearly could not bring those good things.
However now, through the offering of Christ’s body,
salvation has come,
bringing sanctification once for all.
We marvel: one sacrifice, one offering, able to make perfect for all time
those who are made holy.
So, Father God, we now enter confidently into the sanctuary,
not because of what we have done, but through the blood of Jesus.
Now we take courage to approach you with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
for you promised and you are faithful.
As brothers and sisters, we will help each other to love and do good works, and so we don’t leave one another in the lurch.
In hope we stick together as we see the Day of your coming approaching, so we can also face sufferings and enemies together.
As we journey arm in arm, we will not shrink back and become lost,
but together we will persevere in faith and we will be saved.
Father God, we recognize that faith is essential to our relationship with you. Without faith, we cannot please you, nor approach you. And when we believe, we declare that you exist, and that you reward those who seek you.
We read in the Bible all the stories of believers to whom you came, and to whom you responded by providing for them according to their needs even though their hardships were great.
These were people who were strangers and foreigners on earth. They desired a better country, a city whose builder and maker you are.
Because they desired this better country, you were not ashamed to be called their God, and you indeed prepared a city for them.
Give to us, your people of today, also a faith that believes confidently that we will receive the things hoped for, the conviction of things we do not see, and like our ancestors, may we receive approval from you.
Hear our prayer for a faith that can stand the light of day, and endure the dark of night. Amen.
Dear God, we cannot help but notice that with great seriousness Your Word urges us to be faithful by following the example of our Savior, the one who started us on the journey of faith and who will bring us to perfection in the end.
Father, so great a joy was set before Jesus that he was able to endure the cross and its shame, and therefore he was permitted to take his seat at your right hand.
Show us how to keep that same joy of the kingdom before us, so that we may not grow weary, and endure the discipline of the Father for his discipline is for our own good.
Prod us to lift up drooping hands, and strengthen weak knees, and make straight paths for our feet, so that what is lame and wounded may be healed.
Father, we are confident that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. For this we thank you, and desire to offer you acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for you, our God, are a consuming fire.
Dear God of peace,
teach us to heed and hear all the good and wise instructions concerning life in prayerful community.
May we be present to each other to bless, and never to hurt.
Strengthen our hearts by grace, and show us how to hold on to your truth.
Limit our dependence on the good things of this creation for they cannot be our ultimate security. We pray for help to keep our hearts firmly fixed on the city that is to come.
Finally we pray that you, God of peace,
who brought back from the dead, Jesus,
the good shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
will make us complete in everything good,
so that we may do your will.
Work in us that which pleases you.
We cannot do this on our own, we admit,
and so we lift our prayers to you,
through your Son, Jesus Christ.
To him be glory, now and forever. Amen.
Dear Father God,
you desire your people to be a well-ordered family of God. However, your Word sometimes gives instruction that seem difficult, even inappropriate for us in our cultural reality. When that happens, give us Spirit-driven wisdom and encouragement that does justice to your way and kingdom.
May we have love for all your people, and faith in Jesus Christ to guide us as we try to find a faithful and obedient way to live in our time, so that faith may be effective, especially as we see all the good we may do today.
Sometimes we need to do our duty out of a sense of obedience, but help us to go beyond this and do the right thing out of love.
Moreover, when it is our place to speak a word of admonition to each other, may our appeals be on the basis of love.
And may all our good deeds be voluntary, not forced upon us so that there may be room for your grace to shape and bless our spirits.
Dear Triune God,
from your word we need to learn the gospel, for you desire to form and transform us by the it into citizens of the new kingdom.
Helps us to listen to the many ways the Bible teaches us what the message means: it is for the sake of the faith of Your chosen people,
it teaches us truth that leads to godliness, it teaches us the hope of eternal life promised to us by you who do not lie, it is good new entrusted to us for sharing.
Give to every community of believers leaders who have a good grasp of the Word, people who are not content with mediocre work, so they can preach and also refute those who contradict it.
We pray for the grace and peace from God the Father
and from Jesus Christ,
to strengthen your kingdom,
to enrich every believing community,
and to console each of us.
Dear God, by the power of your Holy Spirit, may our teaching consist of sound doctrine that shapes the lives and behavior of all of us according to who we are, and the needs of our station in life.
May the good news of Jesus Christ never be discredited by any one of us, whether through word or deed.
Help us to understand the best motivation that shapes our lives is nothing less than that the grace of God has appeared, to bring salvation to all.
May we learn to so discipline ourselves that we abandon impiety and worldly passion, and to live lives that are self-controlled, upright and godly during this time of waiting for the hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Thank you for revealing to us the reason for Jesus’ coming:
to redeem us from all iniquity,
to purify a people for himself who are zealous for good works.
it would seem to go without saying that we should live a godly life with Jesus as motivator and model. However, judging from the letters in the New Testament, and looking honestly at our own lives, we need to be reminded and admonished often.
We acknowledge and confess that sinful pleasures continue to appeal to us, and living a godly life continues to be a challenge for us.
And so we rejoice in the appearing of your goodness and kindness, O God our Savior!
We know we are not saved through our own efforts, or works of righteousness, but according to your mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
We express our gratitude that you pour out your Holy Spirit richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by your grace, we become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Help us to devote ourselves to good works which are excellent and profitable to everyone.
Your grace be with all of us.
2 Timothy 1
Dear Father God,
we keep turning to you because of the promise of life that we have in Christ Jesus. We claim this promise for ourselves, and we pray that you will give us a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline as we proclaim the gospel.
This grace of the gospel in Christ Jesus You set apart before the ages began, and now you have revealed it to us in the appearing of the Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe that through the cross, Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light for us all.
We thank you, Father in heaven, for teaching and persuading us that we may put our trust in you. You are able to guard until that great day what we have committed to him.
Until Jesus comes, help us hold to the standard of sound teaching,
and to guard the good treasure entrusted to us,
with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
Hear us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
2 Timothy 2
Dear encouraging God,
you give ample reason for all your servant to persevere in their work of teaching the gospel, the unchained good news, so that all your elect may obtain the salvation that comes from Jesus Christ.
Father God, we trust that since we have died with Christ, we shall also live with him.
We trust that if we endure, we will also reign with him;
but we know that if we deny him, he will also deny us;
and wonder of wonders, even if we are unfaithful, you will remain faithful, because you cannot deny yourself.
May all of us, your servants, pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, together with all our brothers and sisters who call on the Lord Jesus with a pure heart.
We ask you to hear our prayer in the name of Jesus, the door to God’s heart.
2 Timothy 3
Father God, your servants often warn about distressing times ahead–
Jesus gave these warnings, and so does the writer of this letter.
We hear of an uncanny list of evil doers, uncanny because this list fits our age so well too. Sound the alarm in our hearts, too, and make us swift to avoid evil-doers.
God, it is unpleasant to hear it, but we are forewarned that persecution is a real possibility in our time for us, and now it actually takes place for many who are persecuted and killed, right now.
Prepare us, support and encourage persecuted brothers and sisters. May we be strong enough in faith to hold on to the sound teaching of your Spirit-given Word, for it instructs us for salvation through our faith in Christ Jesus.
In his name we pray.
2 Timothy 4
Dear Father God,
we recognize that in our times it is as urgently necessary to preach the gospel as it has ever been. Help us to do so in good times and difficult times, to convince, to encourage, to rebuke, whether people will listen or not.
So help us to endure until we finish our journey.
Make us courageous to fight the good fight, to finish the race, and keep the faith.
We will live with your promised future ever in mind: the crown of righteousness which you Lord, the righteous judge, will give us on that great day, the day we long for, the day of his appearing.
In the meanwhile, we trust that you will rescue us from every evil attack, and keep us safe for your heavenly kingdom.
To you, Lord, be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1
Dear teacher God,
teach us your gospel, that our training may be in divine truth that is known by faith.
Make our aim to teach love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith.
Motivate us to turn from all sinful behavior,
and to pay no attention to false teachers, for they would deceive us.
God, we trust the faithful saying,
the saying that is worthy of full acceptance,
that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners,
and to give eternal life to all who believe.
And God, because your love for the world is so great,
and salvation came at such a high cost,
we acknowledge you the King of the Ages,
immortal, invisible, the only God.
We ascribe to you honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 2
Dear Listening God,
you desire that we pray to you,
not just for ourselves and friends,
but for all people, especially for all in places of authority,
so we may all live peaceable lives in godliness and dignity.
Prayers such as these are right and acceptable to you
who desire everyone to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For You, God, are the only true God.
You have given us Jesus,
the only mediator between God and us.
Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all.
1 Timothy 3
Dear Father of the new household you gather in the name of Jesus,
show us how to behave ourselves in a manner that fits Your new creation, your kingdom.
When we desire to serve you in the offices of your new community,
we desire a good thing, but to do so we need to give ourselves to newness of life, a manner of conduct clearly distinct from the behavior of so many in this world.
We need to take the beams from our own eyes
before we try to take the specks from the eyes of others.
You desire to have us well-thought of by outsiders,
but to our shame we have too often disgraced your name and brought shame on Your people.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We thank you for the coming of Jesus, your Son.
He was revealed in flesh like ours,
vindicated in Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
and taken up in glory.
Wonderful Savior, glorious Lord!
1 Timothy 5
Dear Father God, you desire that we treat one another with dignity, respect and wisdom,
so that all of us,
men and women alike,
may be assisted to live a godly life,
to live in purity of heart,
and have all our needs met.
Show each of us how to fulfill
our functions in the community.
May we deal wisely with sinners,
so that they may be restored to a good relationship with you.
Help us to observe that our deeds, sinful or good,
will not remain hidden,
but that you will deal with us
as is right and fitting.
You will be merciful and forgiving, we trust,
because of our Savior. Amen.
1 Timothy 6
Dear Father God,
we do not always know how commands given long ago apply in our time. Therefore we urgently pray for godly wisdom to live kingdom lives in our time in accordance with the words and teaching of scripture.
Move us from envy and greed to become people who are content with godliness. We confess that we, too, can be seduced by the love of money to the point of falling away from faith.
Help us by your spirit to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Help us to fight the good fight of faith, to take hold of eternal life, to which were called and for which you created us.
Teach us to live before the face of the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.
To you be honor and eternal dominion!
Thank you for providing us with good things for our enjoyment, for doing good, to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share, thus storing up for ourselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, and to take hold of life that is life indeed.
2 Thessalonians 1
Dear Father God,
We may rest assured that your grace and peace are for each one of us.
We are so grateful that faith and love can grow even when your people endure persecution or affliction. Father, this shows us that you are continuing your just work in us.
You justly repay with affliction those who afflict your people. You give relief to the afflicted and to all of us, when Jesus is revealed as the conquering and triumphant King. He will work vengeance on those who do not know you, our God, and on those who do not obey the gospel.
We pray that you will make us worthy of your call, and fulfill by your power every good resolve and work of faith according to the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2
Dear Father, director of history, forgive us all the speculation we have done concerning times and seasons.
Our curiosity has sometimes gotten the better of us,
going far beyond what your word reveals.
Driven by our fears, we too easily pay attention to those who put their trust in people who play into the hands of evil power, so we listen to gods that are not gods.
Teach us to be content with the gospel of Your coming kingdom, and to trust Jesus, the victorious one who will expose the lawless one,
and destroy him and his works.
May we learn to be content with the assurance of sanctification we have from you, for we trust that we live under your protecting care.
Dear God, take away our fears and anxious curiosity through Jesus Christ who loves us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and hope.
Comfort and strengthen us in every good work and word.
Through Christ our Lord.
2 Thessalonians 3
out of love for this fallen world
you sent your Son, our Savior
to be crucified and raised for us.
Now you send us into the world.
May we be rescued from wicked and evil people.
Strengthen and keep safe
all who go out with the good news.
God, direct our hearts to your love
and to the steadfastness of Christ.
Help each of us to be industrious,
to do our assigned tasks,
to earn our own living,
and never become weary in doing what is just.
Oh God of peace,
give us your peace in all times and in all ways.
Lord God, be with us all.
The grace of our Lord be with all of us.
1 Thessalonians 1
as in the congregation of Thessalonica,
your Word still goes out and bears fruit
and the hearers receive it with great joy.
May all your people now be known for the work of faith,
and the labour of love and steadfastness
because of our hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We pray that your gospel may come to us, too,
not only in words,
but with power in the Holy Spirit,
and with full conviction
and Spirit-given joy.
As your chosen people
we turn to you, our God, from idols,
to you, the true and living God.
We wait for your Son to come from heaven,
for he, whom you raised from the dead
will surely come to rescue us
from the wrath that is coming.
1 Thessalonians 2
Merciful God and Father,
we repent because of the sins committed in your name,
especially we ask for forgiveness for the terrible things Christian have sometimes done to convert people to our religion.
Such violence we did not learn from you,
or your servant Paul,
who preached the gospel out of pure motives,
seeking the well-being of people who do not know the Saviour,
without ever resorting to compulsion or violence.
May we, like Paul, be able to testify
that we are gentle, and not motivated by the need for praise or by greed.
Give us the heart of a mother caring for her children,
giving even ourselves, that it may be well with the family.
Give us, we humbly pray, the joy, the crown,
of being a blessing to others.
We pray for the privilege of appearing in your presence on that great day, with a crowd of brothers and sisters,
a crowd too large to number.
1 Thessalonians 3
Shepherd of your people, we are shocked by the terrible persecutions that terrorize people in our time.
We fear that this is an unspeakable challenge to the faith of many,
and we pray that the persecuted may be strengthened and encouraged.
May terrorists and all persecutors stop their evil works.
Father, may we never be caught unprepared,
for your Word tells us that persecutions are bound to come.
Thank you for believers who remain firm in faith and love.
We pray that you will increase in us love for one another.
Our loving God,
strengthen our hearts in holiness so that we may be blameless before you, our God and Father, when Jesus comes with all his saints.
For people who are so tormented that their faith fails,
prepare a place for them, too, at your banquet table.
Hear our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 4
you have called us to the difficult and beautiful work of sanctification and holiness in our personal lives.
It will not do to approach you while continuing to sin.
You also call us to live in love with our brothers and sisters.
For this, help us to aspire to live quietly,
to mind our own affairs,
and to work with our hands.
May we live and behave properly towards outsiders.
Thank you for teaching us about the life that is coming, when all will be new.
Because of Christ’s work, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.
And while we do not have many answers to our questions about the future, we know that Jesus will give us eternal life.
All of us are alive in Christ, and will be with Jesus forever.
We pray that we may know how to encourage one another with the message of the gospel.
1 Thessalonians 5
Dear God of time and history,
we discover that it is futile to calculate when this age will end,
and when the new age will begin.
We will be likely be overtaken by surprise as by a thief in the night, when Jesus comes.
However, if we are watchful and alert,
we will not be overtaken by surprise, unprepared,
for we are children of light, not of darkness,
and we have been instructed concerning how to live as people prepared.
God, urge us to be sober,
to put on the breastplate of faith and love,
and for hope the helmet of salvation,
for you have destined us for salvation, not wrath.
Teach us to be a community of love,
of building each other up.
Instruct us to learn to live at peace with each other,
to admonish idlers,
to encourage the faint-hearted,
to help the weak, and be patient with them.
Show us how to be joyful and prayerful people.
May nothing we do quench the Holy Spirit.
We desire to honor the prophets, to hold fast what is good, and abstain from evil.
Faithful God, keep us faithful until Jesus comes. You can do that. Amen.